Must-see shopping in Amsterdam

  • Hôtel Droog


    Not a hotel, but a local design house. Droog means 'dry' in Dutch, and these products are full of dry wit. You'll find all kinds of stylish versions of…

  • X Bank

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    More than just a concept store showcasing Dutch-designed haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion, furniture, art, gadgets and homewares, the 700-sq-metre…

  • De Pure Markt


    On the last Sunday of the month De Pure Markt sets up in Park Frankendael, with artisanal and organic producers selling delicious gourmet foodstuffs…

  • Cottoncake

    De Pijp

    Painted cotton-white inside and out, this chic little shop makes and sells its own scented candles and perfumes, and stocks fashion, jewellery and…

  • Pied à Terre


    Travel lovers will be in heaven in the galleried, skylit interior of Europe's largest travel bookshop. If it's travel- or outdoor-related, you can dream…

  • Welcome to craft beer heaven: Bier Baum stocks an endless choice of tipples

    J&B Craft Drinks


    J&B Craft Drinks offers a huge range of craft beers, ciders and tasty soda from all over the globe, which are available cold from the fridge, making them…

  • Locals

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Jeweller Suzanne Hof set up this boutique to showcase designs from her own label, Sugarz, but also to provide a platform for small-scale designers from…

  • Het Faire Oosten


    The perfect place to pick up an interesting gift or souvenir, Het Faire Oosten is stocked with beautiful homewares, quirky books, accessories and clothing…

  • Posthumus

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Established in 1865, this wonderfully preserved shop with original timber cabinetry produces lacquer stamps for wax seals (and sells sealing wax), brass…

  • Mark Raven Grafiek

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Artist Mark Raven's distinctive vision of Amsterdam is available on posters, coasters and well-cut T-shirts that make great souvenirs. Prices are…

  • Waterlooplein flea market in the Southern canal belt.

    Waterlooplein Flea Market


    Covering the square once known as Vlooienburg (Flea Town), this flea market isn't huge but there are some good finds (and a bit of tourist tat, too)…

  • Discover three floors of English-language books at the American Book Center

    American Book Center

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Rambling over three storeys, this excellent bookshop is the biggest source of English-language books in Amsterdam. Its greatest strengths are in the artsy…

  • Stop into Het Fort van Sjakoo for your alternative bookshop fix

    Het Fort van Sjakoo


    For anarchist, communist and feminist tomes and zines on everything from pirates to punk, try this long-running not-for-profit bookshop (since 1977 and…

  • Jackets for sale at Ij Hallen flea market

    IJ Hallen

    Amsterdam Noord

    This whopping flea market takes place once a month, with 750 stalls outside in a huge area at NDSM-werf. It goes indoors into two NDSM warehouses from…

  • Window display of Condomerie Het Guiden Vlies shop.

    Condomerie het Gulden Vlies

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    In the heart of the Red Light District, this brightly lit boutique sells condoms in every imaginable size, colour, flavour and design (horned devils,…

  • Local cheese heaven awaits at 't Kaasboertje, Amsterdam

    't Kaasboertje

    De Pijp

    Enormous wheels of Gouda line the walls of this enticing cheese shop, and more cheeses fill the glass display cabinet. Crispbreads and crackers are on…

  • Get your fix of hip magazines at Athenaeum boekhandel


    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Amsterdam's savviest bookshop is a bit of an intellectual and style hub. Its adjoining newsagent has a selection of cutting-edge international magazines,…

  • Boutique shopping in the heart of De Pijp

    Brick Lane

    De Pijp

    Individual, affordable designs for women arrive at this London-inspired boutique every couple of weeks, keeping the selection up-to-the-minute.

  • Sunday Market


    Browse quality craft, fashion and design produced by talented locals. Markets typically take place at Westergasfabriek on the first Sunday of the month,…

  • Arti Choc


    Chocolate is almost too beautiful to eat at this luxury choc stop, with homemade pralines and truffles ready to melt in the mouth. There are over 50 kinds…

  • Magna Plaza

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    This grand 19th-century landmark building, once the main post office, is now home to an upmarket shopping mall with more than 40 boutiques stocking…

  • Hempstory

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Everything at this light-filled contemporary boutique is made from hemp: skincare ranges (soaps, moisturisers, and body washes such as hemp and ginseng),…

  • De Bijenkorf

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Amsterdam's most fashionable department store has a grander exterior than interior, but it occupies the city's highest-profile location, facing the Royal…

  • Oudemanhuispoort Book Market

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Secondhand books weigh down the tables in the atmospheric covered alleyway between Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Kloveniersburgwal, where you'll rub tweed…

  • Bonbon Boutique

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    A white-on-white space is the backdrop for Amsterdam-designed jewellery (rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants) crafted from gold, sterling…

  • Maker Store


    Located at De Hallen, this large, bright store is a great spot to pick up a gift or souvenir to take home. It stocks an excellent range of items by local…

  • Red Light Records

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Tucked in a courtyard off the street, this shop sits in a former Red Light window. Ring the doorbell to get buzzed in and join the DJs flicking through…

  • WonderWood

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    As much a museum as a shop (look up to see the 1565-built timber ceiling), WonderWood specialises in the moulded-plywood creations of George Nelson,…

  • PGC Hajenius

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    With its century-old stained glass, gilt trim, Italian marble and soaring leather ceilings, this tobacco emporium is worth checking out even if you're not…

  • Bier Baum

    De Pijp

    Perfect for Sarphatipark picnic supplies, Bier Baum has fridges keeping many of its craft beers cold, and growlers that you can fill by the litre. Look…

  • Game Over

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    The aptly named Game Over specialises in salvaged and repaired retro computer games (Donkey Kong, Pitfall, Frogger, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tetris and…

  • Record Mania

    De Pijp

    Fantastically old-school, Record Mania stocks vinyl (singles and LPs) and CDs, including rare recordings by artists including Johnny Cash, JJ Kale, Eric…

  • Pols Potten


    The Eastern Islands are particularly style conscious, and the go-to shop for local residents, as well as stylish Amsterdammers from all over, is this…

  • Puccini Bomboni


    Chocolate bonbons are piled up in pyramids that are works of art here, full of rich and distinctive flavours such as tamarind, lemongrass, sour cherry and…

  • Head Shop


    Going strong since the heady flower power days of 1968, this corner building houses Amsterdam's oldest weed-focused boutique. There's a mind-bending array…

  • Jacob Hooy & Co


    A proper apothecary shop, lined by wooden drawers and rounded barrels with their contents inscribed in flowing font, Jacob Hooy & Co has been selling…

  • Hans Appenzeller

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Hans Appenzeller is one of Amsterdam's leading craftspeople working in gold and stone, and he is known for the simplicity and strength of his designs. New…

  • Goochem Speelgoed


    This large toy shop spread over two floors has been putting grins on small faces for over three decades. Overlooked by a huge stuffed giraffe, there's a…

  • Kokopelli

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Were it not for its trade in 'magic truffles' (similar to the now-outlawed psilocybin mushrooms, aka 'magic mushrooms'), you might swear this large,…

  • De Bierkoning

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Not only does De Bierkoning stock more than 2000 varieties of beer (with an emphasis on Belgian, German, British and, of course, Dutch brews) but it also…

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